Visiting the Archives

Some of the materials in Carnegie Museum of Art's museum archives can be accessed using the finding aids. If you need additional access for your research, make an appointment to visit us.

Our regular appointment hours are Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please contact us at

Our stacks are not open to the public, but we do our best to accommodate requests from qualified researchers.

If you already know the location of the materials in the archives that interest you, please give the following bits of information so we can help you as quickly as possible.

  1. Title of the archive/collection.
  2. The reference code(s) of the item(s).
  3. The subject and time period that you are researching.
  4. Any other details that would help us locate what you need.
When you contact us to schedule your appointment, please include this information in your message.


Help Us Preserve Our Archives

If you make an appointment to visit us in person, we ask that you help us preserve our unique records by taking a few simple steps.
  1. Please don’t bring any food or drinks with you.
  2. You are welcome to take notes but if writing by hand, please only use pencil. Pens do leak sometimes and accidents happen.
  3. Don’t crumple, fold, crease, tear, or mark the records. Help us keep them safe by handling them with care. As a general rule, leave them in the same condition in which you found them.
  4. Remove folders from a box one at a time, and put the folder back before removing the next one.
  5. If you see a damaged piece of material or something that you think is out of place, please let us know. We steward hundreds of thousands of records and appreciate your help.

Restricted Items

A small number of records and objects in our archives are not available for research. We restrict these materials to protect the personal, private, and propriety rights of individuals and organizations, or for similar reasons.

If you would like to read more about our access, use, and reproduction policies, please read our Terms of Use.